Resource Person > Mr. Vincent van den Berk

Mr. Vincent van den Berk is heading the European Forest Institute (EFI) FLEGT Facility Regional Asia office in Kuala Lumpur. The regional office was formally established in October 2009 and is based in the Finnish Embassy to Malaysia. From here he coordinated the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Asia Regional Programme. This Programme is implemented in close collaboration with the EU and aimed at implementing the EU FLEGT Action Plan in Asia. It focused on promoting international trade in verified legal timber within Asia and exported from Asia to other consumer markets.

Before the EFI, Vincent worked for the European Commission at the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. He was the EU FLEGT Advisor for Malaysia supporting the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) negotiations between the EU and Malaysia, and the Asia region since April 2006.

Before moving to the European Commission he was a Senior Policy Advisor, International Affairs for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature management and Food Quality in The Hague and in Wageningen. He was since 2004 closely involved in the early stages of the FLEGT development as part of the Netherlands international forestry and timber dossier.

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